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Columns

07/14/2016
If you were born before 1984, go outside of your church, favorite restaurant or walk through Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University’s campuses. Residents might notice something strange. Groups of Millennials can be seen staring...
07/13/2016
When it comes to Christmas lighting, Ruston may never be the Natchitoches of North Central Louisiana, but it won’t be for lack of trying. The city is spending $115,000 on strands of white LED lights to wrap trees and lampposts downtown and swag...
07/11/2016
Many years ago I had the pleasure of going back to the first annual Dubach Baptist Church reunion. Founded in 1901, you’d think we’d had a reunion by now but nevertheless the church was just the way I remembered it before I pointed my 1969 Buick GS...
07/11/2016
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” At DART, we know that one of the best ways to help the children who enter our program is to encourage and support a good education for them....
07/09/2016
There’s a reason reporting, be it practicing it, teaching it or only talking about it like right now, is so important to me. I’m a news junkie. Always have been, always will be. It’s that simple. Give me a breaking news story and I’m covering it, or...
07/08/2016
In 1894, Louisiana Tech University – then the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana – was founded. It’s creators and investors developed the idea of adding a college to North Louisiana in order to help improve the industrial economy of the...
07/07/2016
Two I.A. Lewis sixth graders are perfect examples of the Lincoln Parish school district’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiative in motion. Benjamin and Jonathan Gunasekaran reached the National You Be The Chemist Challenge in...
07/06/2016
Thanks to genes gone haywire and inhaling copious amounts of second-hand smoke from my father’s cigarettes, I visit the local medical clinic lab more often than just for an annual checkup. My fellow gatherers in the lab waiting area are an...
07/02/2016
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Today, as we near this year’s...
07/02/2016
Independence is both a gift yet something purchased at a high price. As with other gifts from “Nature’s God/Creator/Supreme Judge/Divine Providence” (designations found in the Declaration of Independence), many take this gift for granted. Tomorrow...
07/02/2016
As you know by now, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The “Brexit” vote is expected to have major implications for Britain’s trade and economic relationships — but how might it affect you, as an individual investor?
07/02/2016
Some of the most important conversations you may have will be with your financial Adviser. That’s why he or she will want to get to know you as a person, not just as a client. Your advisor must understand your financial needs so he or she can help...
07/02/2016
Question: Our economy seems like it’s just stumbling along, we can’t trust our government and the debts we’ve piled up stager the imagination. Do you really believe the American Dream is even still possible? Answer: I’m looking forward to Monday —...
07/02/2016
When I was in primary school, my family and I lived in Midland, Texas. I had great teachers in my early years there. My second grade teacher was Mrs. Friemel, and I have many great memories of her. One thing that stands out to me even today is that...
07/02/2016
It’s great being a “resident” of Tech Nation these days. From postseason honors for athletes to a plethora of awards for staff members, this has been a Summer of Swag at Louisiana Tech University. The envelope is over flowing, so let’s open it and...
07/02/2016
(Note: In view of the insanity taking place today regarding our Second Amendment rights, I felt it timely to share with readers my column on the subject I wrote 10 years ago this week.) In recent days, the Crescent City has been making the news...
07/01/2016
Eight years, 4 months and 15 days. That is how long it took for the American colonists to officially gain its independence from Great Britain. More than 70,000 Americans perished in the American Revolution for our nation to break free from the...
06/30/2016
History repeated itself at Grambling State University. Days before GSU president Willie Larkin would hit a year from his promised eight-year tenure, he resigned in front of the University of Louisiana System Board at their June meeting. Rumors of...
06/29/2016
Let’s face it: Nobody has better bureaucrats than Louisiana. Consider the unfunded mandate requiring all entities that supply drinking water to the public to ensure customers who have sprinkler systems, swimming pools, fire suppression systems and...
06/25/2016
A new governor and administration. Many new Congressmen. And yet, the same old song and dance. But as we’ve seen time and time again over the past decade, the fixes put into place for the state budget finalized on Thursday are only temporary, and we...